Your hip is a solid and stable joint.
A ball-and-socket joint is what it’s called. Since the top of the thigh bone is shaped like a ball, this is the case. Your pelvis has a hollow socket where this ‘ball’ lies.
Of all the various types of joints in the body, ball-and-socket joints have the most movement.
The hip joint is kept together by tendons, which are potent cords that connect the muscles to the bones.
These muscles and tendons protect the joint by forming a capsule around it. They assist in joint mobility by helping leg and upper body movement.
The synovium, which is found inside the capsule, lubricates the joint with synovial fluid and keeps the cartilage intact. The cartilage in your hip joint lies between the bones to prevent them from rubbing together and to reduce the effect as you walk or turn your hip.
After a high-impact injury, the hip is unlikely to dislocate due to all of this protection.
When should you call Synergy Medical?
The majority of the time, you can treat your hip pain with basic self-help techniques. If the pain is severe or hasn’t changed after two weeks of taking painkillers daily, you can see a doctor.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you can see your doctor right away:
- you’ve fallen or hurt your hip
- the pain is getting worse
- you’re having trouble with everyday tasks like walking, going upstairs, or leaning forward in your chair
- you’re feeling feverish or unwell, or you’ve been losing weight
The majority of the time, hip discomfort can be explained, such as if you overdid it while exercising. Your pain is most likely caused by damaged or inflamed soft tissues, such as tendons, and it usually goes away within a few days.
Specific conditions can cause long-term hip pain.
You can experience pain in the groin, down the front of the leg, and in the knee, if you have a hip joint problem. Referred pain, also known as radiated pain, often occurs when knee pain is the only symptom of a hip problem.
Pain on the outside of your hip or in your buttocks is common, but lower back problems can also cause it.
If your hip pain persists after two weeks, you can see a doctor for persistent hip pain.
It’s a good idea to jot down some details about your condition before you go so you can make sure you cover anything that’s bothering you.
Your doctor will inquire about your pain and which movements aggravate it. They’ll ask about the onset of your symptoms, how they affect your everyday activities, and whether you experience discomfort at night.
A hip issue is also shown by pain when you bend your hip going up or down the stairs or put on your socks.
They’ll test your hip and see how well it moves, which should provide enough details for them to schedule your treatment. However, certain circumstances can necessitate the use of additional tests.
What kinds of tests are available?
Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine are important components of the human body. At Synergy Medical Center, we use Stem Cell Therapy to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Stem Cells can become any tissue type, as long as some of the desired tissue is still be present for the stem cells to copy them. Stem Cell Therapy has been shown to be effective at treating many common injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
X-rays, which reveal the bones’ state, are also the best way to figure out what’s wrong with your hip. They could also indicate issues with your pelvis, which may clarify your discomfort. They’re not as good at examining the soft tissues around the joint.
If the hip joint has an irregular shape, a CT (computerized tomography) scan may also be beneficial. CT scans use x-rays to display parts or “slices” of the hip, which are then stitched together by a computer to create a three-dimensional image of the hip.
The hip socket can be very shallow in some cases, as can be seen on a CT scan.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans use radio waves to create an image of what’s going on within your hip’s soft tissue, such as muscles and tendons. They’re handy for diagnosing avascular necrosis, a painful condition in which blood flow to the ends of bones is reduced, causing them to collapse (See Specific hip conditions section for more information).
Blood testing will also help if your doctor suspects an infection or rheumatoid arthritis is causing your pain.